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All-Ireland final review – Mayo News football podcast 2020 E50

Less than a week before Christmas in an eerily empty Croke Park, Mayo battled hard in this Covid-era All-Ireland final but ultimately they came up five points short against perennial champions Dublin. In this episode of the Mayo News football podcast we bring you the story of this year’s decider and how it was won … and lost. Rob Murphy […]

Dublin 2-14 Mayo 0-15: final step proves too far once again

Up until this evening, no team had laid a glove on Dublin in this year’s Championship. We gave the all-conquering Metropolitans a decent rattle in this final but ultimately it wasn’t enough as we lost out by five points. Unlike those heart-wrenching one-point losses we’d suffered to them the last three times we played them in the decider, Dublin had […]

Game day – it’s all we want for Christmas

This is it – for the fifth time in this incredible decade for us, we’re back in the All-Ireland final, which, in this unprecedented year, takes place this evening, less than a week out from Christmas Day. I’ve been thinking over the last few days about the dream-like quality of this hugely weird Championship campaign. One minute, the lads are […]

The Final Countdown VI – Mayo News football podcast 2020 E49

For the past two weeks we’ve been running ‘The Final Countdown’ series on the Mayo News football podcast and now, less than 24 hours out from throw-in in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park, the series reaches its conclusion with this final episode. Mindful of the fact that Mayo supporters everywhere are all confined to barracks this year, in this […]

Unchanged teams named for the final

We’ve named our team for tomorrow evening’s All-Ireland final against Dublin at Croke Park (throw-in 5pm). Here it is: Mayo (All-Ireland SFC final v Dublin, 19/12/2020): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Oisín Mullin (Kilmaine), Chris Barrett (Clontarf), Lee Keegan (Westport); Paddy Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels), Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore), Eoghan McLaughlin (Westport); Conor Loftus (Crossmolina Deel Rovers), Mattie Ruane (Breaffy); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), […]

Minor team for Sunday named

We’ve named our team to play Sligo on Sunday in the Connacht MFC semi-final. The match will be played at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence at 2pm that afternoon and here’s the team we’ve selected for it. Mayo (Connacht MFC semi-fnal v Sligo, 20/12/2020): Brian O’Flaherty (Islandeady); Cian McHale (Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin), Fenton Kelly (Davitts), Malcolm MacEvilly (Westport); Shaun Dempsey (Balla), […]

The day before

It’s one of the shortest days of the year, with a hesitant dawn only now starting to break up here in the capital shortly before 8.30. It’s nearly Christmas, it’s nearly All-Ireland football final day. In a year of unprecedented upheaval of people all over the world, the lead-in to this year’s All-Ireland final – to say nothing of when […]

Minors in action on Sunday

With all the focus, understandably, on the county’s involvement in this year’s All-Ireland Senior football final, it’s easy to forget that this isn’t the only Championship match Mayo are involved in this coming weekend. On Sunday afternoon at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence in Bekan the Mayo Minors take on Sligo in the Connacht MFC semi-final. The game throws […]

The final countdown V – Mayo News football podcast 2020 E48

‘The Final Countdown’ series is almost complete on the Mayo News football podcast ahead of Saturday’s All-Ireland final between Mayo and Dublin. Almost but not quite! Kevin McStay’s wonderfully evocative column in the Irish Times earlier in the week really hit a chord with Mayo supporters and in this episode we’re delighted to welcome Kevin back onto the podcast for […]

It’s as if we’re all in America for this one

It’s been said countless time already but this truly is a year like no other. For Mayo supporters, this Championship campaign has certainly been a unique one. While the players have had to cope with all the Covid protocols and the odd experience of contesting high-octane knockout matches behind closed doors, at least they’re directly involved. They get to be […]